The Brain. In Art & Science (Bundeskunsthalle Bonn)

Scientific curator: John-Dylan Haynes (M&B faculty member)

Exhibition at Bundeskunsthalle Bonn. Open until Sunday 26 June 2022.

If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn’t.
(Emerson Pugh, 1977)

John-Dylan Haynes, director of the Berlin Center for Advanced Neuroimaging at Charité, member of the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, of the Cluster Science of Intelligence, the Einstein Center for Neurosciences, and the Berlin School of Mind and Brain, is the scientific curator of this exhibition.

The exhibition features 300 works of art from different periods that pertain to art, the brain and science, including fascinating originals by Ramon y Cajal and Korbinian Brodmann. All in all the exhibition covers 2000 years of thinking about the brain.

Here, you will find AR and 3D web experiences of the exhibition (for all of you who cannot go to Bonn):

Also, there is a long interview with John-Dylan Haynes in the introductory film to the exhibition (in German) - the film gives a very interesting guided tour to the exhibition, in very clear language, along 5 leading questions covered by the show, and it is interesting for the pictures from the exhibition alone:

The Brain.
In Art & Science

Bundeskunsthalle Bonn (until Sunday, 26 June 2022)

What is the brain: control center, supercomputer, locus of the self? One thing is certain: it is one of the last great mysteries of the human body. Brain research is constantly delivering new insights, but it also continues to face a great many unresolved questions. Not least because of this, the human brain inspires a wealth of speculation and hypotheses - not only on the part of scientists but also among artists. Uncharted territory offers space for fictions and fantasies as well as for bold theories.

In this exhibition, art, cultural history and science converge to create an intriguingly multifaceted panorama. In addition to brain research and neurology, philosophy, religion, the history of medicine and psychology have their say. The interdisciplinary dialogue constitutes a deliberate experiment with the aim of approaching the brain from different directions.